The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era against Baylor
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is excited that Sundays night championship game will have two women coaches.
The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era against Baylor.
It will be the first championship game since 2012 when both coaches McGraw and Baylors Kim Mulkey are women.
The same two, McGraw said after Friday nights 81-76 semi-final win over UConn. This weekend were all about basketball right now. So want to really focus on that. I am excited to have two women in the final.
McGraw, during her Thursdays news conference, said its time for more women in positions of power, and not just in womens basketball. She is disappointed that there arent more female leaders in all walks of life.
Baylor and Notre Dame will both be looking for a third national championship in a rematch of the 2012 title game won by the Lady Bears 80-61.
UConn, which were beaten by Notre Dame in last years semi-finals, captured four national straight championships from 2013-16. Tennessee went back-to-back in 2007-08, while Southern Cal won it all in both 1983 and 84.
Baylor advanced after a 72-67 win over first-time Final Four participant Oregon in Fridays first semi-final.
The feeling is unreal, Baylor center Kalani Brown said. Im still in shock. Im overwhelmed. Im just happy to be a part of this team right now.
Brown scored a game-high 22 points Friday night. Forward Lauren Cox added 21.
Baylor last made a Final Four appearance in the 2012 title season.
Weve played in big games, Cox said. Obviously we havent been to a Final Four in a while, but were used to the pressure, used to that big-game moment.
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